What’s in a Name?: Boko Haram renames itself the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP)

Boko Haram has recently declared its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and renamed itself the Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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All is not lost for LOTS

The Law of the Sea Treaty is not dead, as some have said. Its merits & broad, bipartisan support will get it passed after the election. Read more »

The US Needs Domestic Access to Rare Earth Minerals

The House recently passed legislation to streamline the federal mining permit process in hopes of opening up a domestic rare earth minerals market. It is seen as unlikely to be taken up by the Senate. However, there is something more important the Senate should do to make domestic deep-sea mining a more attractive investment: ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty. Read more »

Turkey vs Syria: What Should America Do?

With the escalation of tensions between Turkey and Syria, the possibility of NATO invoking Article 5 of the NATO Charter is on the horizon. How should the United States respond to this? Work to avoid NATO invoking Article 5 and avoid a US military intervention while maintaing support for its ally, Turkey. Read more »

American Sovereignty and the Law of the Sea

On the eve of the third Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Law of the Sea treaty, I find public dialogue on the convention (still) divided between two camps: one of expansive, enthusiastic support and another of small, stubborn opposition. Read more »